A classroom today is very different when compared to a classroom 5 years ago. With the ever changing technology the classrooms have changed too and along with them the methods of teaching and learning have also undergone tremendous change. Gone are the days when the AV class excited students and smart boards were the coolest things. Nowadays iPads and laptops are included in the school supplies list as compared to the traditional notebooks and pens earlier on. Computer labs in schools have very little use now and will most likely be out of the picture in the coming years. With this drastic change in the education system one might thing has it helped? Yes, it has. Here are a few ways in which technology has changed teaching and learning:
- Education beyond the classroom
With the increase in use of laptops and tablets for schoolwork learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. Most of the assignments these days are given online and the students can complete them in the classroom, at home, while waiting for the bus or in any other place. They no longer need a desk and chair to get their work done. Mobiles have almost bridged the gap between learning in school and at home. And if you are an aspiring teacher, you may also take advanced learning online. Taking courses such as a masters in special education is just one click away on the internet that can fit on your preferred schedule.
- Simplifying lesson preparation
Technology must always be an extension of teaching, something that enhances but does not replace the old way. There are quite a few benefits that technology provides to simplify lesson preparation to reduce the workload on teachers. Promethean’s ClassFlow is a software which helps teachers plan interactive, multimedia lessons along with creating assessments and assignments that can be given across a range of technologies for use in the classroom as well as outside.
- Helping assessment
Technology helps schools enhance assessment by helping them create a flexible assessment criteria’s that analyse a number of student skills and competencies. The ClassFlow technology provides teachers with the means to obtain real time feedback, which helps them know how well a class is understanding the lesson as well as getting to know each student’s comprehension.
- Collaboration among students
By allowing flexibility for learning technology has been enabling students to work in a collaborative way. Interactive flat panel displays helps students contribute information before the class and allows them to engage in a discussion with their colleagues to solve various problems which provides a creative approach to lessons. Laptops and mobiles are important tools for collaboration and learning beyond the classroom. This exchange of ideas and views helps overall growth of the students and will help them in their future endeavours.
- Change in the roles of teachers and students
With the introduction of technology in teaching the traditional teacher student roles have changed greatly. Teaching is no longer a one sided process where the teacher relays the information and the students listen, it has become more of an interactive process with students actively participating in discussions and questioning the topic. The process has become a lot more active and engaging. The teacher has become a facilitator of knowledge.
These were a few ways in which technology has benefitted teaching and learning and will continue to do so in the years to come. But every coin has two sides, along with helping the process it has also had some not favourable effects on it. With the increased use of mobiles for learning and assignments students tend to get extremely distracted with the other features of the mobile. It has also become difficult for the parents to determine whether the child is studying or wasting time. But these can be avoided once the students realize the importance of education. Technology has completely transformed teaching and learning and its benefits outweigh the damage it could cause.